It’s the attack on democracy, stupid!

In case you haven’t heard about Anton’s eyebrow-raising essay, “The Flight 93 Election,” here’s a good rundown. In short, the former George W. Bush speechwriter (and now Trump national security adviser) equated the 2016 election with the hijacked Flight 93 heroically brought down by passengers on 9/11. He urged conservatives to “charge the cockpit” and support Trump despite the candidate’s flaws, because there was no coming back from a Hillary presidency. From the New York magazine article linked above:

“The ceaseless importation of Third World foreigners with no tradition of, taste for, or experience in liberty means that the electorate grows more left, more Democratic, less Republican, less republican, and less traditionally American with every cycle,” he writes. He describes the children of immigrants as “ringers to form a permanent electoral majority.”

He adds, “I want my party to live. I want my country to live. I want my people to live.” As though one more Democratic administration would dash those hopes forever. (I guess he’s not too worried about Trump’s microfingers fondling the nuclear football.)

Clearly America’s changing demographics have Republicans rattled, and the message they’ve telegraphed is clear: we can expect a massive assault on voter rights. And it’s hardly just Trump; the “voter fraud” myth has been perpetuated for years. This is the real Flight 93 situation for our country. As we’ve seen in places like Russia and Turkey, once you’ve gone down the authoritarian path, it’s hard to come back.

I unfortunately had to cut a panel about the stolen Supreme Court seat, which is another glaring piece of evidence that we are dealing with a revolutionary force — not a political party operating within the norms of democracy.


  • ACounter

    Great cartoon and commentary, Jen! Hope you can have an entire cartoon about the Supreme Court and perhaps how the R’s slow-walked Obama’s judicial nominees for years in efforts to control the judiciary. Sen. Warren put out a document with a lot of statistics on this:

    I hope everyone is contacting their House and Senate reps and letting them know how they feel, and recruiting others to do the same. It is comforting to commiserate in online newspaper and blog comment sections, and I have done a lot of that. Unfortunately, there is a danger that, because it is pleasing to get something off your chest, you’ll feel that you have “done your part.” The reality is that those comments are read by like-minded people for the most, and don’t affect how your reps vote. That energy is better spent showing your elected officials what matters to voters. Here are the House and Senate contact pages.

  • Alan Barta

    Ummm, a mistake on next’s week… showing Trump reading a paper. Not sure he even can, or has time with busy vacation schedule, more in a month than Obama in an entire year. “I have a secret solution to defeat ISIS in one month,” but he decided golf is more important.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.